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Although Alex had gone to different schools — military school, followed by a couple of years at Quest Academy, an elite private school in Boulder — he and Molly had been on the same summer swim team as kids and had mutual friends. But they didn't really get to know each other until a chance meeting at 'Round Midnight, a Boulder bar — where they immediately hit it off.

"When we first started dating, he was a charmer," Molly says. Alex told her he'd had a crush on her back in high school, when he'd pined for her from afar. To prove it, he vividly described the pair of overalls she'd worn to a Taco John's one day when he spotted her. "It was not a cute outfit," Molly says with a laugh. "But he said he thought to himself, 'How can I get a girl like that?'"

The two had some things in common: They both loved Family Guy and South Park, and they'd both grown up in the foothills outside of Boulder — Molly in Boulder Heights, Alex further south, in Sugarloaf. But while the Bowers family was solidly middle-class, Alex's was rich and renowned: His father, architect J. Nold Midyette, had designed the main Boulder Public Library and overseen the renovations of CU's Old Main building and Macky Auditorium; he also owned a large chunk of the east end of the Pearl Street Mall, a mini-empire that included the old Citizens National Bank building as well as the spaces housing the Cheesecake Factory and the then-open Borders bookstore.

Alex Midyette with Jason at home in Louisville.
Alex Midyette with Jason at home in Louisville.
Alex and J. Nold Midyette, the family patriarch, at Alex and Molly's wedding.
Alex and J. Nold Midyette, the family patriarch, at Alex and Molly's wedding.

It didn't take long for Molly to realize that in the Midyette clan, everything revolved around J., the patriarch. Alex, who hadn't gone to college, had a job with his father's Pearl Street Mall Properties, doing odd jobs and property maintenance work. "J. is always kind of the center of everything," says Molly. "He would just talk and talk, and you can't argue with him. There is no differing point of view." In December 2004, Molly and her parents went to the Midyettes' Sugarloaf compound for dinner. Hearing that Dan and Jane Bowers were liberal, J. began listing all the problems with the 1960s peace movement. During his diatribe, both Molly and her father dozed off — only to awaken and find J. still going on and on.

The Midyettes didn't just dislike the '60s; they seemed to despise anything and everything that smacked of liberalism, and that included Boulder. "They hated hippies, they hated Democrats, they loved guns, they said everyone in Boulder just whined," says Molly. "They were like the anti-Boulder." She remembers Alex's mother, Kay, telling her that the reason her family didn't recycle was because everyone else in Boulder did.

But Molly could look past all of that because of the way Alex treated her. "He catered to me in a lot of ways," she remembers. "He got me flowers, he took me out to restaurants, he bought me jewelry."

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Still, Molly's closest friends had reservations about the match. "In her relationships, she sometimes chose people who didn't care for her as much as she cared for them," says Dancer Vernet. "Some people took advantage of her." Since Alex always seemed to be partying at bars around town, they wondered if he'd end up being like Molly's other boyfriends. And after Molly moved in with Alex in February 2005, Molly's friend Carlyla Dawson says Molly admitted that she wasn't sure things were going to work out. But the next time Carlyla heard from her friend, Molly and Alex had gotten engaged — because Molly was pregnant.

In the summer of 2005, Alex and Molly got married on the manicured lawn of the Midyette home in Sugarloaf. Because their planned officiant dropped out at the last minute, J. ended up marrying the couple, reading from the Bible: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud."

By then, Molly says, she'd already discovered that love wasn't always so patient and kind. After they'd moved in together, Alex's demeanor had changed: When he got angry, he'd scream and call her names, kick doors and throw things. One time, he threatened to knock her out, she remembers. The next day she found out she was pregnant, and when she told Alex, he kicked a trash can in her direction and said he wished it had hit her in the stomach.

That fall, Molly started working at Pearl Street Mall Properties, on the family payroll, just like the wives of Alex's two brothers and just about everyone else in the extended Midyette clan. She earned significantly more than she had at her old job, doing office work at a local development firm, but having to deal with her father-in-law made her wonder if it was worth it. Once, when a toilet in the women's room started leaking, J. escorted his three daughters-in-law into the bathroom so that he could teach them how to properly flush, she says.

To make matters worse, Molly's pregnancy was a nightmare. She was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a dangerous complication involving high blood pressure, and gained a lot of weight. By the time Jason Jay Midyette was born on December 17, 2005, at Boulder Community Hospital, slightly premature, she was emotionally and physically drained.

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Jeffthexboxguy
Jeffthexboxguy

yeah right her ol man smoked weed and did coke and she had no idea about it and never did it with him.he beat her and abused her and their kid and she never said anything untill she got time. she got the min and he got the max and now shes playing the poor woman card i hope both of them get shanked in prison and rot in hell.you don't ever need to have a kid and i hope you never get to hurt another one

Marknatanson
Marknatanson

Ah, Boulder. As a former citizen and veteran on the fringe of the upper-crust elite of that city, this story does not surprise me. I watched that beautiful city deteriorate from my childhood well into my adult years. Once the wealthy discovered it, it was doomed. RIP, Jason, Jon Benet and Boulder

Yancey Purcell
Yancey Purcell

Don't kill your kids in Colorado unless your name is Ramsey.

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JUKAROLYI

THEY SHOULD BOTH ROT IN PRISON. NEITHER ARE FIT TO BE PARENTS. THEY SHOULD BOTH BE STERILIZED.

Lg
Lg

Sadly this case shows how far off our legal system has become. No longer is it the "pusuit of truth" and justice.....but rather how to work the system with legal manipulation and gamesmanship. Even the so called (follow up) story by Westworld is one sided and is written in an "after the fact" wrap up that a smart legal team would help sponsor to catch all of the things they would use to justify an appeal.

Of course missing in all of this is the fact that a baby is dead...someone with no real chance from the beginning. Two troubled parents (now acting as victims) who appear narcissistic, drug abusers, and not in any way ready to be loving and supportive parents.

Thomas Daniel
Thomas Daniel

I think that this case reeks of corruption and a sleazy lawyer who cares more about his own personal gain than the well being, innocence and suffering that a defenseless baby underwent at the hands of a wreckless and evil woman coupled with a man who had no back-bone. I am grieved at the conditions that the child must have been introduced to. I am also enraged by the fact that these parents will be able to come back to the light of day. And to the parents of these subhuman demons, well done. These behaviors are learned, not accquired. Thank you for your blossomed contributions to this already disgusting state of affairs. HMMMMMMMM.....I guess money really can't buy everything, huh'?

Deepheartedone
Deepheartedone

Sir she was at work and he was in charge of the baby. Case closed. Sure she could be found criminally negligent for leaving the baby under the care of the father, but she had no way of knowing the baby would be dropped by him. The fact that he tried so avidly to hide this from her shows it was no accident. Finally money did buy her conviction by them hiring a competent lawyer who did an incompetent job for her. This lawyer should be strung up to the bar and lashed until he confesses to his role in making sure she was convicted. Why is it that her trial was pushed through while her husband’s was pushed back? Simple answer is that if they get her convicted first most of the attention dies down surrounding his trial.

Guest
Guest

Maybe instead of pointing the finger at each other you should all do a little self-reflection and think about what your part was in this tragedy. Slinging mud at each other and playing the blame game is no way to honor the memory and the short life of that baby. As adults you should be ashamed of your behavior. Perhaps putting all of your negative energy into something positive say educating other young parents on the stresses of caring for a newborn or rallying your community around the issues of child abuse and domestic violence to help prevent a tragedy like this from happening again would be a start. Maybe through doing some good you'll all find the peace you are all so obviously looking for in all of the wrong places.

Deepheartedone
Deepheartedone

They both think about there role every day. She does in fact think about her son. You are really pointing at a good point in proper education to young parents, but at the same time most people are smart enough to not drop there child on the ground or throw them.

Diane
Diane

Um, what are you talking about? I played no role whatsoever in this tragedy. My three children have children of their own, and they nor their children have ever been abused or even really spanked and none of them have ever struck me and stolen my car. Only two people are to blame: Alex and Molly, not Alex's parents, not Molly's lawyer, not the prison system. Quit trying to find someone to blame beyond the toxic couple in prison, where they belong.

Deepheartedone
Deepheartedone

Diane innocent people do get put in prison and wake up there is corruption in the system. Timothy Masters lady look it up! What does "even really spanked" mean? It's either spanked or not spanked so the answer is yes they have been spanked. Who are you trying to fool? There was one "toxic" parent and one negligent one. Criminally negligent or not one person hurt that baby and she was at work.

Guest
Guest

Perhaps I wasn't clear...I was speaking to those we were personally involved and have chose to use this forum to continue bickering and fighting. However, since you brought it up as a society it is up to everyone to come together as a community and make our most vulnerable population, children, a priority. It's great that your family has never had to face the issues in this story, thankfully, neither has mine. And because I've been so lucky I do consider it my responsibility to help those who haven't been as fortunate and help the kids that are falling through the cracks and suffering abuse.

Diane
Diane

After following the comments the last few days, I'm more convinced than ever that she got what she deserved, perhaps much less than what she deserved. Don't waste a penny of taxpayer money on this one, please. She and her crazy husband deserved each other, but that poor baby certainly deserved better than them. I'm willing to bet they wind up back together after they get out of prison. After all, she's still calling herself Molly Midyette. Doesn't that tell you something?

Deepheartedone
Deepheartedone

Okay so wow that was a bunch of hateful hogwash. She was in law work and working at the time this baby was hurt. Changing her name would be kind of hard in prison and why would she go to the trouble while in there. She was booked as Molly Midyette and even if she changed her name she would remain Molly Midyette until she was out because the booking name does not change. Grow a brain. I would be crazy if I was in prison because my kids mother killed one of my children. I am proud of this lady for speaking out. It took alot of courage.

bob b
bob b

I'd be surprised if the prison system allowed her to change her name.

Turathon
Turathon

The story of how much this baby suffered before he died during his very short life is not talked about much in this story or in the comments you all have left. To the Observer and Justiceforall, It is obvious you are directly related to both parties, It is obvious you have both been impacted by these 2 "parents" of the baby, What is not obvious is your objectivity. I think people have been making excuses for these 2 for a very long time. I think the judge saw through both defenses and gave the punishment the way she saw the guilt. Dad was directly responsible for the injuries, hence the max sentence. Mom was involved in negligence by not getting the baby treated hence minimum sentence. I would be ashamed of both of them if I were you. They both deserve to be in prison and they both deserve to spend every second of their sentence incarcerated. The baby didn't get to live why should they?

Deepheartedone
Deepheartedone

Dad killed the kid. Sure she could be negligent and then not if she was not aware of any prior trauma. See once she saw a goose egg yea she took her baby in. This prior trauma they speak of could have been internal and not visbale to the naked eye from such things as shaken baby... The fact is she did seek help. Perhaps not as fast as some might have wanted her to. She did and she did talk about how she felt when they kept her from he baby when he was suffering. I think she did her time already. She will never get her son back after what he did. She is behind bars. I think they should let her out and I am glad she spoke up against those who were corrupt during her trial.

Justiceforall
Justiceforall

Observer it looks like you have a dog in this fight. Sorry , it sounds like Alex is your son.

TheObserver
TheObserver

Justiceforall

You sound like a Molly relative. Perhaps the beaten up dad or poor Jane who is sent her daughter to Juvie, The facts are the facts. Abuse points to Molly.

candy
candy

Abuse doesn't just point to Molly. One of the Midyette team can say whatever they want about Vlado beating up himself, and causing injuries severe enough to have reconstructive surgery. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE COPS THOUGHT. The cops that sought out Vlado after Jason's death, not the other way around. Oh, and we've all seen that THUG screaming so that the veins are sticking out of his neck at Molly's conviction. Oh yeah, and all the people on Topix besides Vlado who said they too had suffered abuse at his hands but were afraid to come forward.

Deepheartedone
Deepheartedone

He is the one and that is the point she is making. She is saying hey I am stuck in here and I lost my son. This is why. She knows she will not perhaps help her case by doing this. She knows that now she can rest unafraid of that eveil family anymore. Good for you Molly!

candy
candy

I read Vlado's account of what he said happened to him when he tried to report Alex Midyette for a hit and run, and I believe it's exactly like what happened to baby Jason, and the Louisville PD interviewed Vlado about the incident after Jason died. I'm not surprised the Boulder DA's office didn't call Vlado, they were too busy calling the cokehead friends of Molly's instead - with disasterous results.

TheObserver
TheObserver

Ok candy read the police report and witness statements, That's all I can say. Vlado is not credible, the DA didn't think so, the police didn't think so but Candy does because she wasn't there and didn't observer or witness anything, Is that what you're saying?

Diane
Diane

Let's examine what we do know for a fact. Molly has a long history of lying and abusive, reckless behavior that sent her to a reform school as a teenager. FACT. She had one of the best defense attorneys in Colorado paid for by the people she slanders now with no proof whatsoever. FACT. Molly put herself and the well-being of her husband over that of her defenseless child. FACT, Molly expresses no grief for her dead child, but lots of grief for Molly. FACT.

Deepheartedone
Deepheartedone

Okay now wait a minute. No grief for her son. Are you ignorant? This was not an article aimed at discussing her grief. This was an article aimed at exposing what happened to her after her son’s death. She has grieved and suffered more then you can imagine. Prison is not a friendly place and compound that by the fact she is in prison for a crime against a child... She has been "touched" a few times to put it nicely. The fact that she is in the honors unit shows that she is calm and collected and handles her frustration through things like her meditative running. There is no crying in prison it does not work that way. She has become cold and bitter like every other person she has to live with. Cry too much get beat up simile to much get beat up make a wrong move get beat up.

cynicalsidney
cynicalsidney

thank you for those facts about molly. i will definitely take them into consideration. looks like people's hitting pay dirt on molly, perhaps it's J's money at play but we'll see.

in the mean time would you please be so kind and provide some relevant facts on alex the husband? do you have anything on him or he doesn't have anything to do with the death of jason?

TheObserver
TheObserver

Cyncial perhaps these are just the facts. Molly was the one watching Jason one week prior to Feb 24. He was vomiting, she did not call the Dr,. did not let her mother come over. Along with Molly's violent history not of strangers but her own family, her mulitple abortions, emailing ex-lovers after delivery, excessive drinking, friends doing drugs sounds, hsitory of making up out landish storiea.. Sounds like Mom of the year!!The only one claiming abuse is Molly, No one saw it, no one suspected it, Just Molly again making up more out landish stories. Not flying here,.

cynicalsidney
cynicalsidney

before anyone point their finger at molly, before they go on a smear campaign, please consider some facts about this case.the shear number of lawyers (esp. those representing the alex and j midyettes) involves in this particular case had taken all my confidence away. their actions have manipulated the parties involved here, they have perversed the course of justice. furthermore, notice that the midyettes lawyers are deconstructing molly's statements, attacking it sentence by sentence, instead of going after the substance of her claim, which makes more sense than any of the lawyers argumentsthese jurists are obviously using dirty tactics to influence opinions, sway the verdict in their way, if you want the objective facts, it's best to ignore everything these lawyers are expressing.

not saying molly doesn't deserve what she got, as much as she was influence by mccormick (who needs to be disbarred right away), molly told only half-truth in the court and her ommitance in testimony had everything to do with her punishment.

but this case examplifies the destruction of the american family: enormous wealth, manipulative patriarch, drugs, irresponsible sex, crack babies and abusive marriages.

question for those of you from colorado: why is your state so full of these righteous hypocrites hoarding money retaining lawyers? they are out of control!

TheObserver
TheObserver

The attorneys have attacked the substance of her claims. Listen to the tapes. Molly was told she needed to get her own attorney. Molly was a law graduate. Truman represented Molly two days after Jason was admitted to the hospital, Truman represented Molly at the dependency and neglect hearing on February 26. No one controlled Molly. It seems as though Molly manipulates and controls her parents and drug using friends.

Only Molly claims abuse, no one saw it, no other girlfriends of Alex says he is abusive, her parents didn't see it, her friends didn't see it. Only Molly, Only Molly. Molly's old boyfriend, you know, the one she emailed right after delivery of her child who was on oxygen and in intensive care, said she was a heavy drinker and their relationship was dysfunctional --full of fights and good times. Molly is dysfunctional.

Come on her friends are drug users and nannies. Super friends for a super Mom

candy
candy

My understanding from the Grand Jury indictment is that Alex was taking care of Jason when he became symptamatic. You have to understand he was symptamatic for THREE DAYS before these two bothered to call the doctor. Please tell me any parent you know which would wait an additional three days to call the doctor, when their baby is acting like this. Remember, the doctor is not called until February 24th: From the grand jury indictment:

16. Molly and Alex told Dr. Meghan Norton at Children's Hosptial and DSS social worker Tami Bee, that Jason had vomited three times since Tuesday, February 21, 2006. Molly and Alex also told Bee that on February 21st, Jason had screamed so long he lost his breath, appeared to stiffen and been doing some twitching, tensing and releasing of his body since that date. On February 21, 2006, Molly had a postpartum appointment with Dr. Siegfried that she attended alone while Alex took care of Jason. At that visit Molly told Dr. Siegfried that Jason was doing well.

TheObserver
TheObserver

I never understood this. If the Bowers hated the Midyettes so much why did the Bowers take so much. 1) Midyettes put up Molly's bond money. Why didn't the Bowers do it. 2) the Bowers took $20,000 from the Midyettes - why did the Bowers do this 3) Molly worked 3 days a week making a full time salary - why didn't she get a different job 4) Molly was "abused" - but no one saw it, no Domestic compliants, no police interference, Alex Midyette was the first one she called from jail, etc.. 5) Molly said Alex used drugs -- now wasn't it HER FRIENDS that were doing coke off a toilet seat and SARAH VERNET now SARAH RICHTER, was a nanny at the time but we're to expect that Molly wasn't a drug user. Come on. Sarah was her best friend. Nothing Molly says makes sense except that she is a desparate woman trying desparately to get out of prison. If she is the violent one (beat her father up), a drug user, used abortion as birht control. Jason was in her care when he began vomiting (one week prior to February 24) and she would not let her mother come over that day. Maybe she is hiding something. Her story certainly has a foul odor to it.

How can Molly Bowers Mdyette be believed. I see her picture posted dated 8/2005 in this article she looks pretty happy for an abused person.

Just an Observer

cynicalsidney
cynicalsidney

all of your questions point to one thing, that you are questioning mollys crediability, you even attack her parents' integrity.

the accused are a couple, everytime you have a love-hate relationship like that you could question every circumstance everything that lead up to it, although none of it have any bearing. yeah sure encroach on molly's personal life i'm sure you will find some dirt to discredit her. especially when alex the husband gives up every little detail on molly in order to save his own skin.

i'm not here to defend molly, she got what she deserved (please see my other post), however she's told her side of the story. I'd like to hear from alex now, without his lawyers dictating every word n sentence. I cannot help but to wonder why are so many people pointing their fingers at molly, why arn't they asking alex the tough questions? in the quest for objectivity and justice, we gotta have both perspectives correct?

two things i'd like to ask: first, what did alex do with jason when molly wasn't there? (look into the possibility of a crime taking place during) and secondly, what was the extend of alex's knowledge concerning his son's health related issues, was jason a crack baby, and what was alex's stance toward this particular issue? (to establish possible motive)

TheObserver
TheObserver

Alex went to trial and was acquitted of inflicting any injury to his child. 6 weeks of trial of that 5 weeks was the prosecution. That should say it all. Molly is all about Molly, She is the one who is throwing stones. Unfortunately for her they are being hurled back at her much harder.

According to testimony at Alex's trial (prosecution witnesses included) Alex loved being a Dad. No one said Alex was violent or even frustrated with the baby. Alex was a good husband, cared for his child, took care of Molly, etc. Even Molly's parents and doctor stated this at his trial.

Molly probably suffered from post-partem depression. I believe that ran in her family. Maybe she was frustrated or angry that her body was not bikini material anymore. That is what she said to her ex-lover, via email, while her child was in intensive care and pretending she was in an accident.

I don';t buy Molly's story. She has proven herself a liar. Credibility is everything and she has none.

TheObserver
TheObserver

I will tell you Alex was not found to have inflicting injury to his child. That is a fact as he was only found guilty of negligence.

I will also tell you that at Alex's trial and Molly's trial not ONE person said that Alex was bad father. Not ONE person said they saw him angry or frustrated. Check the transcripts. In the transcripts includes Molly's mother's own testimony at all three proceedings (Grand Jury, Molly's trial and Alex's trial).

Molly was not manipulated at all. Molly is the manipulator. Truman consulted wiith McCormick on medical evidence and the like (READ THE MOTIONS) Molly interviewed Truman and Truman provided Molly with names of other attorneys. Molly and her parents interviewed Truman and other attorneys. They chose Truman.

I too am open to possibilities. That fact that Jason had zero bruises and the doctor saw him every four days and saw no indication of injury or bruising and the autopsy report showed no brusing, or tissue damage. We do know that Jason does bruise as he had a small bruise on his forehead in early January. so why no bruises? Never made sense.

I do not know if Molly harmed Jason. I do know that he was vomting (not spitting up) a few days prior on Molly's watch. Perhaps the child was compromised due to medical or perhaps Molly did harm him.

I believe Jason's birth records were at trial not sure if they are on the internet or not. He did have a difficult birth and Molly had a difficult labor.

The Midyettes have not spoken to the media and to me if the Midyettes were controlling wouldn't you think they would repsond or would be the ones beginning a smear campaign?

cynicalsidney
cynicalsidney

stop talking like a lawyer and hiding behind technicalities and whatnot.do not tell me 'alex...was acquitted of inflicting any injury to his child'do not tell me 'according to testimony at alex's trial alex loved being a dad'you said 'Molly was the one watching Jason one week prior to Feb 24. He was vomiting, she did not call the Dr,. did not let her mother come over. 'oh my goodness newborns vomit! that's what they do, your statement sound incriminating but holds no water.do you not understand that mollys claims suggest she was manipulated into lying or telling half-truths during those taped sessions? and this mccormick guys is just completely unethical. how can he talk to molly all this time without truman being present!? and the fact that mcormick made the truman introduction made it even more alarming.

put alex on the stand, let's hear what he has to say. then have molly do the same

as of right now i'm open to all possibilities, i'm looking at all possible angles,including the view that molly is suffering from manchausen by proxy syndrome and harmed her child as a result of it. i also consider the possibility that alex committed infanticide due to some reason.

i welcome facts, however i have seen enough stuff on molly. doesn't matter how evil of a person you suggest she is, there's a chance there's truths to her claims. no person tells all truths or all lies. i don't care if molly suffers from post partem depression, i don't care she's a chronic liar. do not try to supress her rights, hear what molly says happened in her perspective.

ps. anyway i can find copy of jason's medical report at birth?

candy
candy

Very soon after Jason's death, a friend of Molly's asked a question if posters on a Topix board about the case "if they had bothered to get to know Alex and Molly Midyette." Unfortunately for them and their enabler friends, a man named "Vlado" came forward to recount a beating at the hands of Alex Midyette, for which the rich thug Midyette wasn't even given a traffic citation in Boulder. Cops knew all about this incident though when Jason died and interviewed Vlado. Molly's friends had this account by Vlado taken down as they were all on the same side then. ANYONE who does not know the story of Vlado, email me @ candy735@hotmail.com and I will send you Vlado's story in his own words.

TheObserver
TheObserver

Candy --please read the police report as well as witness statements. You are misinformed. Valdo was the attacker. The convenience store attendant was the witness. There is so much to this sad story and much mis-information is out there. The DA had this information, the police reports, witness statments, etc. thus the reason Vlado was not believed and considered a false witness.

candy
candy

Vlado wasn't the attacker. He didn't attack himself to the point that he had to have reconstructive surgery.

TheObserver
TheObserver

Read the police report. You are mis-informed.

TheObserver
TheObserver

Westword did such a poor job of research. Molly Midyette did not graduate from Boulder HS because her parents and judge sent her to a juvenile detention facility because she beat the crap out of her father then stole their car. Her friends Carly, Sarah Vernet now Sarah Richter and Dancer Vernet. Molly has a history of violence, drugs, alcohol, and odd sexual behavior. Perhaps she hurt the baby. I do recall at her trial, that the one week prior to Februart 24, she alone had the baby, the baby was vomiting. Molly would not allow her mother to come over. Sounds like a head injury to me. Alex Midyette was working when this occurred. She also sent an email to her ex-lover immediately after she had the baby saying she was in a car accident. what the.. . Wow talk about attachment issues with her own child. There is so much more about Molly. Her old boyfriend said they had a dysfunctional relationship lots of alcohol, anger, fights, etc... Her own friend Dancer did not speak to ber again and said that she deserved her sentence. Mybe she knows something. There is more to Molly and her parents, Dan and Jane shame on you for defending her lies!!!

candy
candy

I agree Diane. For some inexplicable reason, the author of this piece did no research into Molly herself, her own criminal background, her history of massive lies, her bullying, her use of drugs, as well as her friends, etc. She and Midyette are more alike than different.

Diane
Diane

I would encourage all you Molly defenders to take a look at the trial transcript. She had a history of lying habitually before she ever met Alex Midyette. You don't see people who knew her in high school on here defending her, either. Wonder why? Let this toxic couple both serve their time. I have no tears to shed for Molly MIDYETTE.

cynicalsidney
cynicalsidney

nicely written mr. warner, offers great insights into the microcosm of a patriarchal family.

alex Midyettes is the guilty one he deserves hell,however, alex has the sardonic sense to 'euthanize' his crack baby. how he must've felt?!

taking what i can from Molly's interview, the midyettes are obviously very intelligent people, their crimes horrifies me.

a book will be written on this case someday.

Joan V
Joan V

Thinking 101! She was educated to recommend legal advice to others. Why wouldn't she seek legal advice for herself. Obviously, she understood that the baby had been injured when he left the home in an ambulance. Had he lived and recovered, an attorney would have been in order to clear the his mother of culpability. Who was in charge of the baby's care while she went to work?

Joan V
Joan V

This case is an example of why I chose to give up living in Colorado. Developers OWN, CONTROL, and will DESTROY this state. James Mitchner sized up the role of developers over the years in the political vicissitudes of the state in his book, Centennial. This is a disgusting rendition of how deep Colorado corruption can reach. Psychological abuse takes a toll not quite as vivid as the physical abuse the poor little soul, Jason, suffered at the apparent hands of his character disorder father, but psychological abuse destroys a reasoning process just as surely. How jealous of both Molly and Jason must Alex have been. He found a way to punish both of them for his failings as a responsible human being. But in Colorado, make no mistake, money is virtue. Just a disgusting story about a disgusting state of affairs in what otherwise is a lovely place where people come with hope in their hearts but discover the developers have bought the rights to destroy the land and future.

Todderjj
Todderjj

The combination of bullying by the whole Midyette family and poor legal representation prevented this woman from getting a fair hearing. Alex Midyette is clearly the perpetrator in this case.

Kevin
Kevin

You nailed it when you said...

"But such reservations with Molly's story assume that she was capable of acting rationally before, during and immediately after her trial — and both Molly and her lawyers argue that she wasn't. People who've undergone such abuse don't function logically, says Ruttenberg; they fail to notice things they otherwise would, they fail to act with their own best interests in mind, they fail to break free from horrible situations at the first opportunity. Even Recht, who questions Lenore Walker's qualifications — "I believe Lenore Walker identifies battered woman syndrome in virtually every case," he says — has used the syndrome as a defense in court."

Deepheartedone
Deepheartedone

She was being run in circles. It's a sick game they played on her and they used money and might to corrupt her logical side. She is guilty of being decieved by others and allowing her conviction by trusting. I too was at the mercy of a "lazy" lawyer who showed up late to court and let me get rail roaded on the stand. You think the corruption is bad here you should see Wyoming!

Think101
Think101

What perfectly circular logic. Her testimony and behavior were inconsistent because she was abused but she didn't report the abuse because she was abused and she didn't point out she was abused at the time of her child's death because she was abused. Any evidence of the abuse to support this fantastic theory? Visits to the ER? Bruises? Witnesses to the abuse? If not it's only because she was abused. Any why whine about the legal representation now? She studied law yes? Likely because she was abused and rendered too stupid at the time to recognize how she was being flim flammed. What a load of nonsense

 
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